The Language of Coins

Almost all numismatic reference works take it for granted that readers already understand the language of coins. This might suit knowledgeable collectors, dealers, auctioneers and researchers but the lack of explanatory detail often leaves less experienced individuals confused rather than fully informed. Therefore, I have compiled a glossary of words and terms commonly used in numismatic reference works. Some are very basic but I make no excuse for including them, as I know they aren’t always understood by those just starting to attempt to identify and classify coins.


Here is a Glossary which can be used as a reference on you can scroll through by selecting a word and then using the left and right buttons.

I hope this glossary will prove to be useful to those who are not fully conversant with the language used to describe coins and coinages. If anyone requires any further help or advice then please get in touch.

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